Students' Opinions on the Use of Tablet Computers in Education

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Duran M., Aytac T.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY EDUCATION, vol.15, no.1, pp.65-75, 2016 (ESCI) identifier identifier


One of the most important tools for the integration of ICT in education, especially with tablet computers, has been employed in Turkey through the FATIH Project. This study aimed to determine students' views on the use of tablet computers in learning and teaching processes. Eighty-four first-year high school students studying at three schools in service within the scope of the FATIH Pilot Project were selected as the sample of this study. The quantitative data obtained were gathered using the "Questionnaire for Students' Opinions on the Use of Tablet Computers". The Cronbach's alpha coefficient for the whole questionnaire has been measured at .82. Frequency, percentage, and arithmetic mean values have been used for the data analysis. It was found that students mostly use tablet computers to access the Internet. Students stated that the content presented on tablet computers supports the topics in textbooks and that teachers encourage them to use tablet computers in the learning and teaching process. The students also agreed that tablet computers weaken communication between students and teachers. Most of the students stated that, during the teaching process with the use of tablet computers, they do not learn more quickly and easily, they have some difficulty understanding topics, learning is not permanent, and it does not contribute to increasing their level of success. Most of the students expressed that, when they study with tablet computers for a while, they face some adverse physical effects such as headache and eyestrain, and they are worried about radiation.